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Partnering with the Frenemy: A Framework for Managing Business Relationships, Minimizing Conflict, and Achieving Partnership Success

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Partnering with the Frenemy: A Framework for Managing Business Relationships, Minimizing Conflict, and Achieving Partnership Success

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Why crucial business partnerships and alliances implode – and how to keep it from happening to you

  • Focuses on one of the most crucial, under-studied causes of strategic business failure: soured partnerships and alliances
  • Understand both the economic and interpersonal causes of “frenemization”: the degradation of friendly business partners into enemies
  • Learn how to avoid emerging problems and revitalize partnerships headed for trouble
  • Includes many high-profile case studies, from Samsung/Google to Martha Stewart/Macy’s
  • Firmly grounded in recent academic research across multiple disciplines, including marketing, organizational behavior, economics, and social psychology

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 288
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-438635-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-438635-5

Why do crucial business partnerships and alliances fail so often and how can you keep it from happening to you? Partnering with the Frenemy answers these questions, helping you anticipate, prevent, and solve the problems that lead close business relationships to implode.

Drawing on cutting-edge research, Sandy Jap illuminates the widespread “frenemy” phenomenon in organizational partnerships, where partners who start as non-competitive “friends” become “enemies” over time.

She identifies key economical and structural causes of “frenemization,” in which success creates imbalances in power dynamics, leading partners to generate resentment, contempt, and often direct competition. She also illuminates crucial social causes for partnership failure, where seemingly innocuous acts of interpersonal opportunism and “sins of omission” gradually poison collaboration.


To support her insights, she offers numerous case studies, both ongoing and historical, including Samsung/Google, Martha Stewart/Macy’s, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Best Buy/Apple, Calvin Klein/Warnaco, and Nike/Footlocker. Most important, she offers specific recommendations for avoiding problems, revitalizing weakening partnerships, and recognizing when a partnership can’t be saved.


IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CONTRACTS AND MONEY
Understand how to better manage emotions, suspicions, and expectations from Day 1


WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM OTHERS’ FAILING PARTNERSHIPS
Anticipate, prevent, and mitigate the core causes of business relationship failure


RECOGNIZE PARTNERING “OPPORTUNISM” BEFORE IT DESTROYS COLLABORATION
Fix partnering problems while you still can


IT’S NOT A MARRIAGE: HOW TO BECOME COMFORTABLE SAYING GOODBYE
Know when to end a partnership, and how to part as “friends”

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Table of Contents

Preface     xvi
Introduction     1
Chapter 1: When the Good Goes Bad     15
Chapter 2: The Physics of Relationship Dynamics     33
Chapter 3: The Delicate Balance     59
Chapter 4: How Our Behavior Gets in the Way     95
Chapter 5: How We Justify Our Bad Behavior     125
Chapter 6: Why Trust Is Not Enough     149
Chapter 7: Solutions to Frenemization     183
Chapter 8: Practices for the Long Run     221
Bibliography     245
Index     251

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